Nothing more precious!

Schools across Oklahoma started this week. Moms are either elated ….or lonely!  Drivers are warned to be alert to returning foot traffic of rambunctious youth. Teachers are their most excited and hopeful as they enter their classrooms with plans and dreams renewed.  Children are focused on seeing their friends and, hopefully, meeting educational expectations.

Surely this is one of the most exciting times of the year!  It doesn’t get the Hallmark traffic of Christmas, Valentine’s Day, or Mother’s Day. However, it does attract the attention of all levels of community.

For those who spend their lives and the multitude of their energy, daylight hours, and personal resources championing the needs of children and youth, Thank You. Many of you are teachers, and we are most aware of appreciating you as school begins. Others of you toil year around in public or private organizations, in clubs or in neighborhoods, in policy formation or in delivery of services for healthy living.  Thank You also.

Indeed, “it takes a village” to raise a child and to help communities thrive. The work is hard. The challenges to come this year will push the envelope as they do each year. So for today, celebrate!  Our pains and frustrations come in proportion to the importance we ascribe to things and people. Our excitement, joy, and renewed commitment should be similarly expressed!  Celebrate. be excited, life begins anew…..with each school year!

It is NOT over!

I have been away from this blog. Waiting daily for Congress to pass something to allow debt limit to be raised while fighting harmful changes to Medicaid and programs for the poor. We all know that they finally did something!  Then we see the details.

I took some time to try and find relief.  Still no sign of relief, but it was refreshing not to have the constant screaming and blaming from DC on the airwaves 24/7!

HOWEVER, it is NOT over!  Health care, food stamps, Medicaid for the indigent, poor families, and foster kids is still on the chopping block. Maybe not today – Congress is on recess. But if the new Super Committee cannot come up with reasoned and adequate budget cuts by their November 23rd deadline for reporting out recommendations, nothing is spared the ax potentially…..poor, hungry, ill, infirm, old, foster kids!

Indeed, these cuts won’t heal!  And so my work continues.  And you are needed to help keep these concerns before your Congresspersons.

At least DC took a recess…..and I was able to gain my wind again!